Two things we’ve learned to appreciate from doing business in Scotland for 125 years is how to bake the best Scottish shortbread, and all the wonderful things Scotland has to offer. In fact, National Geographic recently crowned the Scottish Highlands in its ‘Best of the World 2023’ destinations!
Enjoy Part Two of our travel guide to help you plan your ultimate vacation in Scotland. (Part 1 can be found here).
BEST THINGS TO DO IN SCOTLAND
Activities we highly recommend:
- Visit castles and other landmarks
- Hike the Scottish countryside and /or the Highlands
- Explore the larger cities of Scotland, like Glasgow and Edinburgh (Scotland’s capital)
- Bike along the Scottish countryside
- Attend a Highland Games Event, held in Spring and Summer.
- Enjoy a celebration of art, music and theater at The Edinburgh Festival.
- Golf at St. Andrews, known as the Home of Golf.
BEST THINGS TO VISIT IN SCOTLAND
Amazing Sights We Suggest Seeing
- Edinburgh Castle, a beautiful and historic castle that has been a military fortress, royal residence and prison of war.
- Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its impressive architecture.
- Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands: The Isle of Skye
- Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain
- Speyside, Home of Walker’s Shortbread
WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK IN SCOTLAND
Discover Iconic, Must-Try Dishes and Libations
Embarking on a journey to Scotland means immersing oneself in a rich tapestry of history, breathtaking landscapes, and, of course, indulging in the mouth-watering world of Scottish cuisine. Prepare your taste buds for an unforgettable culinary adventure as we delve into the traditional foods and must-try dishes that Scotland has to offer.
Traditional Scottish Dishes
Scottish cuisine is a delightful fusion of flavors, influenced by the country’s diverse landscapes and culinary traditions. One cannot begin to explore Scottish food without mentioning the iconic dish – haggis. This savory pudding, crafted from sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs, blended with spices, onions, and oatmeal, captures the essence of Scottish gastronomy.
Scotch pie, another beloved treat, is a pastry filled with succulent minced meat, typically beef or mutton, and seasoned to perfection. The crisp exterior and rich, savory filling make it a popular choice among locals and visitors alike.
When it comes to soups, Cullen skink reigns supreme. This creamy and smoky fish soup, hailing from the coastal town of Cullen, features fresh haddock, potatoes, onions, and cream. Its comforting warmth and rich flavors make it an absolute must-try.
No exploration of Scottish cuisine is complete without savoring neeps and tatties. “Neeps” refer to turnips, mashed to create a smooth and creamy delight, while “tatties” represent mashed potatoes. These classic side dishes perfectly complement many traditional Scottish meals, adding a touch of comfort and familiarity.
Indulging in smoked salmon is another culinary experience not to be missed. Scotland’s cold, clear waters contribute to the exquisite taste and texture of this luxurious dish. Pair it with freshly baked bread, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkle of dill for a taste sensation.
Home of Scotch Whisky
Whisky aficionados will find themselves in paradise in Scotland. The country is renowned for producing some of the finest aged whiskies in the world. Whether you prefer the smoky notes of Islay or the fruity aromas of Speyside, a visit to a traditional Scottish distillery is a must for any whisky lover. The Speyside region is home to over half the distilleries in Scotland. And don’t forget to pair it with your favorite Walker’s Shortbread!
SPEYSIDE, HOME OF WALKER’S SHORTBREAD
When in Speyside, a visit to the Walker’s Factory Store is a must! Although there are no tours of the bakery itself, you are welcome to visit the Walker’s Factory Shop in Aberlour, as well as the quaint Walker’s Store in Aberlour Village:
There is so much to do and see in Speyside. More detail on other sights and attractions in the area can be found here.
Our Scottish Heritage is very meaningful to Walker’s Shortbread, and we are proud and protective of the beautiful place we are lucky to call home. We hope your travels bring you here to enjoy everything that Scotland, and Speyside in particular, have to offer!